Nébéday is a Senegalese environmental protection association that works for the participative, sustainable management and greater exploitation of the country’s natural resources. Setting up professional sectors, developing income-generating activities for women, as well as educating children and raising their awareness of environmental protection issues and reforestation, are at the heart of its day-to-day work. In particular, Nébéday is working to promote the Moringa plant, considered to be the “tree of life” and renowned for its high nutritional value thanks to its iron and protein content. The association operates in the Fatick region, located in the Sine-Saloum delta, where there are regular droughts and salinisation of the soil, and where almost 20% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished.
The project: The Foundation’s support is helping to consolidate the Moringa sector in Dakar and improve the nutrition of pupils in 3 schools.
This project is a continuation of the project supported by the Foundation in 2019, which enabled the association to organise the production, processing and distribution of Moringa powder in a pilot school canteen.
By renewing its financial support in 2020, the Foundation is helping the association to continue introducing Moringa powder into the meals distributed in three schools in Senegal, to improve the nutrition of pupils on a daily basis.
To achieve this, Nébéday’s actions consist of strengthening the Dialaba agroforestry perimeter and continuing training within a women’s cooperative to ensure ongoing Moringa production. As part of this project, the women are specialising in the production of a delicacy made from Moringa, baobab and sugar, to encourage children to take a greater interest in the plant. Nurseries of fruit trees and Moringa are also set up in each of the schools. Every day, the 418 pupils aged between 7 and 12 receive a meal enriched with Moringa powder (5g per day per child) and Moringa-based sweets. In addition, an educational manual has been designed for pupils, their parents and teachers, to encourage them to plant and eat Moringa.